|Publication number||US7003910 B2|
|Application number||US 10/757,110|
|Publication date||Feb 28, 2006|
|Filing date||Jan 14, 2004|
|Priority date||Apr 1, 2003|
|Also published as||CA2462028A1, EP1465138A2, EP1465138A3, US20040194359|
|Publication number||10757110, 757110, US 7003910 B2, US 7003910B2, US-B2-7003910, US7003910 B2, US7003910B2|
|Original Assignee||Novus Innovation Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (6), Referenced by (4), Classifications (10), Legal Events (6)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims priority from Swedish Application No. 0300942-0, filed 1 Apr. 2003.
The present invention relates to an attachment plate of a flexible, bendable material that is adapted for attachment to fabric, cables, flower stalks or similar items.
Signs, cards, card holders and plates with attachment arrangement for attachment to clothing are previously known. A couple of known attachment arrangements for a sign are for example the commonly used name badges used at exhibitions, conferences, courses and stores or similar applications. An attachment arrangement for such a name tag is usually in the form of a safety pin, clip or needle with an attachment plate (so called pin) arranged on a backside of the plate. These tags should quickly and easily be attached to clothing of the bearer and be removable in an uncomplicated way without damaging the clothing at the attachment points. When making such name tags the attachment arrangement must be attached to the tag and also extend along the backside of the tag.
DE-U1-9016614 shows a card of paper with a cavity that is adapted to be attached to an item such as a button. The card includes a U-shaped slit in which a business card can be inserted and held therein.
A problem with the above publication is that the actual attachment arrangement of the card/sign limits the area of use i.e. which type of items the card/sign can be attached to and that portions of the item to which the sign or card is attached to extend on the front side of the card/sign.
One object of the present invention is to provide a sign/plate with an attachment arrangement that at least partially eliminates the drawbacks that are associated with the arrangements of the prior art. An additional object is to provide a sign/plate with an attachment arrangement that is easy to attach to different types of items and can be produced at a low cost. A further object is to provide a sign/plate with an attachment arrangement that only substantially extends in an extension plane. The sign/plate does not have an attachment arrangement that substantially extends across the extension plane of the sign/plate and that prevents portions of the item, to the side to which the sign/plate is attached, to extend on the second opposite side of the sign.
The object is achieved by an attachment plate of a flexible, bendable material adapted for attachment to fabric, cables, flower stalks or similar items according to the present invention as defined in patent claim 1. The attachment plate has two tongue-shaped portions including a first tongue and a second tongue formed by a perforation in the plate so that a foot portion of each tongue-shaped portion is held to the plate while each respective tongue-shaped portion, extending from the foot portion to an outer free end of each tongue-shaped portion, respectively, is outwardly bendable from the plate and the outer free ends of the tongue-shaped portions are immediately adjacent to one another at a slit formed by a perforation. The outer free end of each respective tongue shaped portion has at least one narrowing portion so that each respective narrowing portion is adapted to at least partially overlap the other narrowing portion at the slits.
The attachment plate of the present invention can be a name tag, a business card or a card in the form of a credit card or a similar item. The tongue-shaped portions and the slit disposed therebetween is the actual attachment mechanism of the attachment plate.
An advantage with this solution according to the present invention is that the attachment arrangement is integrated into the attachment plate and that the attachment plate substantially extends only in the extension plane of the plate. An advantage of the present invention is thus that the attachment plate eliminates the need for applying a separate attachment mechanism to the plate. The attachment mechanism of the attachment plate is shaped so that it can be attached to items with varied shapes and dimensions such as fabric/clothing, a cable, flower stalk etc. Yet another advantage is that the attachment plate makes it possible to produce the plate at a low manufacturing cost.
Different areas of use of the attachment plate can include attachment to a glass such as wine glass, champagne glass etc. at, for example, arrangements with table placing. The attachment plate can be in the form of a card that is attached to a flower stalk, a name tag that is attached to fabric/clothing and so on.
The attachment plate is of a flexible, bendable material such as plastics, metal, paper or cardboard.
Additional advantages and characteristics according to the embodiments of the invention are apparent in view of the patent claims and in the following description of the embodiments.
The invention is now described in more detail with reference to the appended drawings and the invention is not to be interpreted to be limited to the drawings in which
An attachment plate 2 is shown in
Furthermore, the outer free ends 10, 11 of the tongue shaped portions 4, 5 are immediately adjacent to one another at a slit 12 formed by a perforation. The outer free end 10, 11 of each respective tongue shaped portion is shaped so that it has at least one narrowing portion 14, 15. Each respective narrowing portion 14, 15 is adapted to, at least partially, overlap the other at the slit 12. As shown in
The attachment plate (see
The attachment plate 2 is of a flexible, bendable material.
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|U.S. Classification||40/673, 40/315, 40/666|
|International Classification||G09F3/16, G09F3/06, G09F3/20|
|Cooperative Classification||G09F3/207, G09F3/06|
|European Classification||G09F3/20H, G09F3/06|
|Jan 14, 2004||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: NOVUS INNOVATION INC., ARIZONA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:SHARP, KENNETH;REEL/FRAME:014895/0962
Effective date: 20040108
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Year of fee payment: 4
|Aug 10, 2010||AS||Assignment|
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:NOVUS INNOVATION INC.;REEL/FRAME:024812/0167
Owner name: SHARP, KENNETH W., UNITED KINGDOM
Effective date: 20100726
|Oct 11, 2013||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Feb 28, 2014||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Apr 22, 2014||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20140228